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Dominican Republic surgery clinic closed after 2 deaths

February 24, 2015

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic have closed a plastic surgery clinic in the city of Santiago after two deaths.

Santiago prosecutor Aura Luz Garcia said the clinic will remain closed while officials conduct an investigation that began Monday.

A 39-year-old woman died several hours after she was hospitalized over the weekend of complications from a liposuction procedure at the Aesthetic Body Slimming and Gynecology Clinic. Two days earlier a 24-year-old died from an embolism after undergoing a surgery at the clinic to have implants removed from her buttocks.

Last year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that at least 19 women in five states had developed serious mycobacterial wound infections following cosmetic procedures in the Dominican Republic such as liposuction, tummy tucks and breast implants.

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